Clinton Massacre of 1875: Four Days of Violence Ushered in ‘Mississippi Plan’ to Halt Black Vote

Just over an hour into the speeches at Moss Hill, a shot rang out. It touched off four days of violence in which white vigilantes and local leaders murdered as many as 50 Black residents of Hinds County. Thus began the Clinton Massacre—terrorism that upended Hinds County and Mississippi. Here is the real story of what began on Sept. 4, 1875.